Success is something that I’d like to believe most people strive for in life. However, it is known as something that’s not easily achievable. Some speculate that it takes hard work and many failed attempts until you reach that pivotal point of success. After after spending so much time and “blood and sweat,” some of these success seekers may wonder what’s taking them so damn long to reach their goal? Here are a few possible reasons.
Many of today’s successful figures have gone through many challenges in order to get to where they are today. WhatsApp founder Jan Koum used to live on food stamps and Eminem grew up in complete poverty and a rough upbringing. If you’re constantly bitching about the negative things that are around you and how much your life sucks, you’ll never be successful. Focus on the solution, not the problem.
While having confidence in your ability is great, having too big of an ego can limit what you will do and it will piss off the people around you. You’ll be spending more time looking for ways to validate yourself instead of working on building something great.
Simply put: You can’t achieve success if you don’t believe you can. Having the right mindset is the very first step in getting to where you want to be.
Engadget Founder Jason Calacanis once said, “Starting is easy, finishing is hard.” While it’s important to know when to quit, you’ll never know how you would’ve done if you never finish anything you start. In other words, don’t give up so easily!
If you start a company with the sole mindset to just make money, you might have a hard time surviving in the long run. The thriving entrepreneurs of today focused purely on building a great product before the money. If Mark Zuckerberg focused too much on monetizing Facebook early on, chances are he wouldn’t have been able to grow it to what it is today.The bottom-line is this: You can’t sell a shitty product, so you must first make building the product your number one priority.
While companies today are getting acquired for billions of dollars without any revenue, it’s important to realize that these situations are rare. The amount of startups that launch and fail every year are enormous. In the end, a business survives because it makes money, so you need to make sure you have a solid monetization strategy once you perfect your product.
Trying to achieve the impossible is one thing, but if you’re so out of touch with reality to the point where you are throwing basic logic out the door, you’re going to be in a heap of trouble. Listen to others, get feedback, and make sure everything you’re doing makes logical sense before acting. Below is a perfect example of a delusional business-owner:
While it’s possible for only one person to build a house, it will take much longer and you’ll need to spread your focus into many areas to create something of quality. Understand the fact that you are only human and have limits. With that being said, always try and build a great team to delegate work when possible.
The road to success includes hard work, determination, and discipline. If you’re not spending most of your time investing in your success, it’s not going to happen. So quit the constant partying, the video games, and the late night excursions. If you want to play with the big boys, you better start acting like one.
Ashton Kutcher once said, “I’ve never had a job that I was better than.” When you’re building something, you’re going to have to dip your hands into everything you can, especially during the beginnings when you have limited resources. No matter how important your title is, you can never be too good to do bitch work when starting out. Save the “I’m the CEO, I don’t do this” talk for when your company is actually worth something.
This point is especially relevant in this day and age where there are so many distractions around. You can be working, and all of a sudden your phone rings, or you’re posting something on Facebook only to end up going through your ex-girlfriends pictures. It’s important to understand that you won’t get anything done if you constantly allow external things to get in your way. Silence your phone and discipline yourself to not surf the web aimlessly, you’ll be much more productive. Check out our article on 10 tips to stay productive and avoid distractions.
It’s true when they say you’re the average of the five people you hang out with. If you’re around like-minded people whom are not as hungry as you, you will stoop down to their level. Strive to purge the negative people in your life and keep the ones that make you better as a person. Can’t figure out how to build your network? We wrote an article a couple months back on the 10 things good networkers don’t do.
While the people you work with don’t always need to like you in order for you to succeed, they need to have enough respect for you to help carry out a task. If you find yourself constantly not being able to find people who want to perform their best when working with you, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate your character and make some changes.
You need to learn to clear your head once in a while. This allows time to think of reasons why certain things are not working for you. Someone that is constantly doing something that leads to failure will get the same results over and over again. Make sure to allocate some time in your day to relax, reflect and day dream. Your mind is a tool that can help solve problems and think of innovative ideas- use it.
Successful people are constantly improving themselves and learnings news things that better them. Not opening your mind to new ideas prevents you from growing as a person. You can’t be successful if you’re not constantly improving yourself. Always find situations where you can expand your horizons, whether it’s reading a book or taking up a new challenge.
One of Zappos’ core values is “Embrace and Drive Change”. The world is going to constantly change and evolve; the sooner you accept this, the better your chances are of thriving. Whatever you are building, make sure that you also focus on instilling the culture of embracing change. Those that choose to constantly stick to one way of doing things will NOT stand the test of time. Remember, the difference between the animals today compared to the ones that became extinct is that some were able to adapt to the changes around them and the others weren’t.
While it’s great to get feedback from people, you won’t achieve success if you can’t think for yourself. Listen to others and take in what is valuable and will help you grow. So, if you’re in a position where people keep giving you thoughts that confuse and drag you in different directions, remember that you know yourself better than anyone. You need to have a focus of where you want to go and stick to it. Don’t let anyone else’s words stand in your way.
Being a successful person takes a healthy level of pragmatism and ruthlessness. This allows you to make the most optimal decision quickly without letting external things hold you back. If you can’t do things like immediately let go of an employee who you like but who doesn’t benefit your company, you will not be putting yourself in a position for success.
While you don’t need to go all Frank Underwood, it’s important to know when you need to make tough decisions without letting your emotions get in the way. After all, you can’t make everyone happy with the decisions you make.
One common thing many successful entrepreneurs have with each other is that they have this sense of urgency to achieve great things. If you keep telling yourself “tomorrow,” you’ll waste time and possibly never get to it. Remember, you can die at any moment, do the things you need to do right now and invest in tomorrow’s success.
Success comes with a lot of perks, whether it’s the money, the attention, the nice house, or the cool parties you’re invited to. But if you’re only seeking success just because of the image that potentially comes with it, you’re in for a bumpy ride. Find what you’re passionate in and discover the problems in the world that you want to fix- it will be much more fulfilling in the long-term. Crossing the finish line may make you look good, but how will you get there if you don’t even enjoy the race?